Unless you Google the statistics of annual bathtub injuries, you may not know that bathtub mishaps and accidents are quite common. The rising popularity of walk-in bathtubs for the elderly, amputees, persons with mobility issues, and even for “regular folk” who want to have safer bathtimes at home cannot be denied.
Put the cost aside if it means increased safety, comfort, and health benefits. Here are some reasons why a walk-in bathtub can be your best investment:
They Aid with Mobility Issues
Whether you’re a senior, have mobility difficulties, or have suffered an injury and are currently in recovery, walk-in bathtubs are perfect for you. Unlike traditional tubs where you have to climb over to enter, walk-in tubs have a door you can easily open and close to step inside.
Most walk-in tubs are made so that it’s easier to get inside as you transfer from your wheelchair or walker. These tubs also feature strategically placed handles to aid with your balance upon entry and exit.
They’re Generally Safer
Fact: You can easily buy anti-slip mats to place inside your traditional bathtub. Walk-ins are (more often than not) integrated with extra features such as easy-grip handrails and textured tiles—making your investment worth it, as it minimizes the chances of regularly replacing these features. If you are an amputee or are recovering from an injury, walk-in tubs have seats that help you switch out bandages and clean your wounds while sitting down (a plus for good hygiene). Some are even equipped with extendable showerheads or bidets, so you don’t have to stand up for too long.
Forget the Jacuzzi: Walk-in tubs Provide Hydrotherapy
An often overlooked pro of a walk-in tub is hydrotherapy. Some tubs are pre-installed with water jets, whose warm water and adequate pressure aid with muscle tension and arthritis—a unique selling point, especially for seniors and athletes. These water jets are much like those you see in outdoor hot tubs or jacuzzis, which you can finally enjoy indoors.
Apart from providing symptom relief, walk-in tubs are also great for relaxation. No need to head over to water spas, as you can enjoy the same benefits right in your own home.
There are two cons to having a walk-in bathtub, but this shouldn’t deter you from making the switch. For starters, it is undeniably costly, but if your goal is to have safer, have more relaxing baths, increase convenience, or to help out seniors in your home, then the investment is worth it. Not only do you decrease the chances of paying for hospital fees should an accident occur, but you’re also investing in your peace of mind.
Another downside to a walk-in tub is the time it takes to fill and drain it. Once you walk in and close the door, that’s the only time you can fill up the tub, and you’d have to wait for it to be completely drained before you can step out. The workaround to this is to make sure your bathroom temperature is enough for you to feel comfortable as you wait for the tub to fill up. The upside? Your tub has seats, so you can sit down and relax.
Though walk-in tubs are generally more expensive and time-consuming at the beginning, its long-term benefits outweigh the cons. They provide safety, convenience, and comfort, which you can enjoy in your own home. Seniors, athletes, amputees, or individuals with mobility issues can all benefit from a walk-in tub.